NHL schedule released; B's to open Saturday at home vs. Rangers

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NHL schedule released; B's to open Saturday at home vs. Rangers

The NHL -- at last -- released its 2012-13 schedule late Saturday night and, as expected, the Bruins will open at home next Saturday night, Jan. 19, against the Rangers. That game will be followed by a 1 p.m. matinee against the Jets on Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 21.

The full 48-game schedule will take place over the course of 96 days, from Saturday, Jan. 19 through Saturday, April 27. The Bruins will play five games each against their Northeast Division rival Senators and Sabres, and and four games each against the Maple Leafs and Canadiens. They will also play three games against each of the Atlantic and Southeast Division teams.

There had been much public speculation that teams would play seven games against each of their division rivals and one game each against all other teams in their conference, but that proved not to be the case. However, teams will play no out-of-conference games, as had also been speculated.

The complete Bruins' schedule:

Saturday, January 19 -- N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m.
Monday, January 21 -- Winnipeg, 1 p.m.
Wednesday, January 23 -- at N.Y. Rangers, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, January 25 -- N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.
Monday, January 28 -- at Carolina, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, January 29 -- New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Thursday, January 31 -- Buffalo, 7 p.m.

Saturday, February 2 -- at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, February 6 -- at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Saturday, February 9 -- Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.
Sunday, February 10 -- at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, February 12 -- N.Y. Rangers, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, February 15 -- at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Sunday, February 17 -- at Winnipeg, 2 p.m.
Thursday, February 21 -- at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 24 -- at Florida, 3 p.m.
Tuesday, February 26 -- at N.Y. Islanders, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 28 -- Ottawa, 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 2 -- Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.
Sunday, March 3 -- Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 5 -- at Washington, 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 7 -- Toronto, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 9 -- Philadelphia, 1 p.m.
Monday, March 11 -- at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 12 -- at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 14 -- Florida, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 16 -- Washington, 1 p.m.
Sunday, March 17 -- at Pittsburgh, 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 19 -- at Winnipeg, 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 21 -- at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 23 -- at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Monday, March 25 -- Toronto, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, March 27 -- Montreal, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 30 -- at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.
Sunday, March 31 -- at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, April 2 -- Ottawa, 7 p.m.
Thursday, April 4 -- New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 6 -- at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Monday, April 8 -- Carolina, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, April 10 -- at New Jersey, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 11 -- N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 13 -- at Carolina, 7 p.m.
Monday, April 15 -- Ottawa, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, April 17 -- Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 19 -- Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 21 -- Florida, 3 p.m.
Tuesday, April 23 -- at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 27 -- at Washington, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 3: Vesey couldn't be happier with Rangers

Saturday, Dec. 3: Vesey couldn't be happier with Rangers

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while looking to avoid any and all updates on Kanye West. I’ve officially maxed out on my Kanye updates for the next four or five years. 

*Jimmy Vesey left a trail of broken hearts and hard feelings across the NHL this summer, but he’s happy in New York with the Rangers. 

*There is still a pathway for the NHL players to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics, says FOH (Friend of Haggs) Chris Johnston, but I’m pretty skeptical about it and have been for a few years now. I just don’t see it happening in South Korea. 

*The New York Islanders are reportedly looking for a big name executive to take over their entire hockey operation. 

*Speaking of the Islanders, Alain Vigneault is using them as an example of parity in the NHL to motivate the Rangers.

*A big blow for the Detroit Red Wings as they’ve lost gritty forward Justin Abdelkader for the next few weeks. 

*Ottawa Senators GM Pierre Dorion is looking to add depth to their roster as the Sens appear in it to at least get a playoff spot this year. That is bad news for anybody that likes to watch, you know, entertaining hockey and stuff. 

*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mike Halford says that the Colorado Avalanche core group has come under heavy scrutiny as they’re struggling again this season. 

*For something completely different: Saving the bees is a year-round job that everybody should be interested in based on their impact across the world. 

Beleskey knocked out of Bruins game with lower body injury

Beleskey knocked out of Bruins game with lower body injury

The Bruins have added another injury to their current collection of banged-up players. 

This time it’s scrappy left winger Matt Beleskey, who was knocked out of Saturday’s game in Buffalo in the first period with a check thrown at his lower body. Beleskey was hit with a body check targeting his right leg at center ice from Buffalo forward Tyler Fedun, and skated gingerly to the bench before eventually heading back to the dressing room. 

There was no penalty called on a borderline hit that seemed to be targeting Beleskey’s leg. The Bruins announced in the middle of the second period that he was done for the day with a lower body injury. Beleskey finished the day with three registered hits and was 1-for-2 in the faceoff circle with six shifts for 5:27 of ice time in the second period. 

The 28-year-old Beleskey had managed to stay pretty healthy this season to this point, but was underachieving a bit offensively with two goals and five points along with a minus-6 rating in 23 games this season.